The past got the best of the present. In their annual exhibition game on Nov. 28, the Wilton High School boys hockey alumni defeated the 2014-15 varsity team, 13-6, at the Winter Garden in Ridgefield. But the final score was an afterthought in the contest, which was part of the Wilton High School Hockey Homecoming 2014 activities. \u201cWilton hockey to me means traditions, bonds, and building a second family,\u201d said Kyle Jonas, who will be a captain on this season\u2019s Wilton team. \u201cTo me, being a member of Wilton hockey carries a lot of responsibility,\u201d added Jameson Hill, another captain this winter. \u201cYou have to represent 40-plus years of alumni on and off the ice.\u201d \u201cWilton hockey is what introduced me to high school sports and showed me how much fun you can have playing a sport with your friends,\u201d said fellow captain Christian Hansson. \u201cWilton hockey remains the tightest brotherhood at Wilton High School, and I am very proud to be a part of the fraternity of players, coaches, and alumni.\u201d Former players also shared their feelings about the program. \u201cMy whole hockey experience helped me a lot at recruit training,\u201d said Joey Cullinan, a captain last season and now a United States Marine. \u201cThe biggest thing we were taught down there was that the team comes first and that it is not and never will be about you, but about the Marine next to you. If you have his back, he'll have yours. \u201cI was lucky enough to have great coaches and teammates through my four years who taught me that,\u201d added Cullinan. \u201cSo that when I got down to recruit training that whole concept wasn't something new to me.\u201d \u201cFor me, this was especially exciting to play with such great guys, coming from the WHS Class of 1987,\u201d said Ted Hoffstatter, who served as alumni captain along with Cullinan. \u201cMy five-year-old son Wyatt, who is playing now in the same rink I grew up playing in, was here for the game. He was so excited, and when he came into the locker room afterwards, the current team and the alumni treated him like a little brother. That\u2019s what this is all about.\u201d Hill said that the current Wilton High players have lofty goals. \u201cThe team\u2019s expectations this year are to make a run at the Yale Whale,\u201d said Hill, referring to the nickname for Ingalls Rink in New Haven, the site of the high school state championships. \u201cWe have a very strong core of seniors (14) returning and plan on having a successful senior season. \u201cPeople generally sell us short, and as a team we embrace this and strive to prove all these people wrong,\u201d added Hill. \u201cIt adds a fuel to the fire, so to speak.\u201d Notes: Proceeds from the alumni game benefit Wilton High School Hockey.